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Reporter Monique Singh-Roy (left), Pashka Bellia and Laurie Reichert, both of Massapequa, aboard the tour bike. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

We’re counting down the top coolest stories of 2015 on We will publish one story on our list per day, every day, until Jan. 1.

Coming in at number 9 is when Brew Crew Cycles hit the streets

Brew Crew Cycles came to town this summer, offering a different way for people to tour Riverhead’s breweries.

The group bike and brewery tour company opened in June and the concept took off from the start. Up to 14 people pedal on an oversized bicycle while listening to loud upbeat music as a tour guide and driver directs the bike through traffic.

It is now a very popular way for people to celebrate special events or just to see Riverhead.

The family-owned business, owned by a group of women with North Fork ties, include mother and daughter Cathy Wilinski and Cathleen Davis who said they are very thankful for the business’ success.

“We’ve been very happy here and to be part of the revitalization of Polish Town and Riverhead,” Wilinski said. “The town has been very good to us.”


Visitors and locals have taken to the multiple-seat bikes, which are now a regular site on the streets of Riverhead during the spring and summer. Reservations are already being taken for 2016.

“It’s the peddling that usually shocks people,” Ms. Davis said. “I don’t think they expect as much physical exertion. Some people think there is a secret motor, but there is none. There is a battery, but that’s just for the horn and radio, you really have to peddle to get it going.”

But you don’t necessarily have to be a beer drinker to enjoy the experience.

“It’s a lot of fun,” said Laurie Riechert of Massapequa, who was part of a tour last August. “You have to come with a group of people who are bubbly and fun and want to do the work. The concept is a lot of fun and the music is great and our tour guide was great.”